Inspiration

Enjoy my newest paintings, inspirations, classes & events

March 16, 2017
Homage to Color, ©Kellie Day, 30" x 40", Available

Everything is Waiting for You

Today is pajama day at the school. You are allowed to bring one stuffed animal, that you can fit in your backpack, and wear your pj’s all day. Pretty much, it’s gonna be a great day. Back here at home where I work, it’s pajama day every day. And even though […]
January 14, 2017
"Wild in the Woods", 30" x 24", mixed media on canvas, ©Kellie Day, available

Wild in the Woods, mixed media pink flower painting

It’s January. Deep in the heart of winter. Devoid of color. An unbearable whiteness of being. Maybe I need to admit I’m becoming less of a winter person. The only way I’ve found to love winter, is to embrace winter. Launch your ass out into the snow and exhaust yourself […]
September 10, 2016
Poppy Sketches ©Kellie Day

Rambling Woman

I love lollygagging. You know, not having to be cracking the whip at work, pushed by production. But instead, letting projects blossom in between morning meditation, coffee, research on pinterest and maybe a load of laundry. Things that some might consider “idle time”. But really, this idle time is the […]
August 14, 2016
Endless shapes, forms, patterns, and textures found in nature

Ways to Draw Flowers

  Here in rural southwest Colorado, I’m greatly influenced by what I see in the mountains. I know the flowers like my own toes, how they will change with the altitude, and how they will bloom in order with each month of the summer. I know the best place to […]
August 6, 2016
Spanish Homework, 36" x 36" mixed media on canvas, ©Kellie Day

The Story of the Spanish Homework

What I really liked about the Spanish teacher last year, was that she had the kids draw out their vocabulary words in pictures. Of course I’m partial to that, being an artist. Last spring my son came home with a picture of an entire house, with every room including the garage […]
August 5, 2016
Butter blossoms, mixed media on canvas, Available ©Kellie DAy

Butter Blossoms, mixed media blossom painting

It’s raining cats and dogs. And I want coffee. But the problem with drinking coffee on a rainy day is, you can’t take a nap. And a nap on a rainy day, well that’s one of the best things ever. Especially if it starts to thunder. We’re going to have flash floods […]
July 29, 2016
Fun painting flowers with the lovely Quinn this week, Who made a great bold red and black piece for her new dorm room at Georgia Tech!

The Importance of Not Doing Anything Important

One thing I notice in the art classes I teach is that it’s usually the person who says they have no creative ability that creates the most amazing work. They have no expectations of themselves and are utterly relaxed, playing with the materials as their “true selves” flow, uninhibited. This is […]
July 24, 2016
Experiment with my son's Spanish Homework ©Kellie Day

Are You Having Fun with Your Art?

Is your work suffering because it’s lost its sparkle? Having fun with your art is a key ingredient in making great work. Here are four ways to make the process more delightful! … Take time to screw off – Being playful in our everyday lives transfers to our spirit, and in turn to our […]
January 17, 2016
Vase of Peonies, 20" x 20", mixed media on canvas, $500

A few things I found marvelous this winter break

This winter break, I took a hiatus from writing and basked in the light of other stimulating artists, music, books and more. Here are just a few … Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work – This book is so inspiring and bite-size. If you are an artist or trying to get up the courage […]
December 6, 2015
In the studio - watch me painting mixed media poppies on this art tutorial video

In the Studio Video – Painting Poppies

I’ve been meaning to start posting more “behind the scenes” clips from my studio for all of you interested in the process of making art. Here’s a glimpse of me painting mixed media poppies with pen and ink, and collage. This work of art is a playful piece with sketching, line art, […]
December 2, 2015
16 Again, mixed media on canvas, 40" x 20", ©Kellie Day

16 Again, a story of black and white line art

I have always been enthralled by black and white line art. One beautifully drawn black line can move me more than most things on Earth. The beauty and elegance of how it gracefully elongates itself onto blank.white.paper. What can compare? Add to that a drippy line, one made with pen and ink, one with […]
November 30, 2015
240 Donuts, 12" x 12", mixed media on canvas ©Kellie Day

Naked Rumors of 240 Donuts

I heard this weekend that an angry man who was ejected from a Wisconsin football game by police – instead of opening fire with a weapon or sending a bomb – sent 240 coconut donuts to the cop shop. Bravo, beautiful crazy person. Followed by yet another shooting on American […]
September 6, 2015
Flowers for John, mixed media on canvas, 30" x 40", $2,400

Flowers for John, mixed media sunflower painting

How is it a 40-something year old woman wakes up and wants to fingerpaint? Good living I guess… Pyrolean Red, Iridescent Gold, Cadmium Orange – I scooped big fingers full out of Golden Paint jars and slathered them on an old canvas. I mainly just used my hands for this painting, and […]
August 17, 2015
Hidden, 24" x 24", mixed media on canvas, ©Kellie Day

Hidden, Mixed Media Stencil Experiment

Today was a rough day, for whatever reason. So I took a break, made some ice coffee, and stepped back into the studio. It was one of those days I would have loved to taken a two hour nap and thrown it to the wind. But I heard the voices […]
August 9, 2015
Summer Flowers, 12" x 12", $200

Summer Flowers, mixed media flower painting

Inspiration is everywhere and I was deeply moved by a quick camping trip we did this weekend to Hartman Rocks in Gunnison, Colorado. It rained like Vietnam the first night and I was so happy I sprung for the cabin, not the tent! We played monopoly all night, and got […]
June 5, 2015
Paintings from my current show in Durango

What’s NEWS at the Studio

SOLD! It’s been a great month here at the studio. Thanks so much! To see more available originals, click here. I’ve been working on several projects, including a green aspen tree diptych, and a series of paintings for an outdoor company. I’ll be sure to post these when they are finished. I […]
April 25, 2015
POP! mixed media on canvas, 24"x24", ©Kellie Day

Poppy Painting and Gypsy Music

The Poppy SUMMER set lip to earth’s bosom bare, And left the flush’d print in a poppy there; Like a yawn of fire from the grass it came, And the fanning wind puff’d it to flapping flame. With burnt mouth red like a lion’s it drank The blood of the […]
April 14, 2015
Summer Sheets, 24" x 24", mixed media on canvas ©Kellie Day

Summer Sheets. Steps to a Blissful Flower Painting

STEP 1: Take a vacation – get away from it all. Don’t cook. Just go somewhere lovely, get a lovely place to stay, and just relax. STEP 2: Come home on Friday, so you have the whole weekend to relax, wash flowery sheets to get in the mood for summer, […]
May 9, 2014
Effulgence, mixed media on canvas, 4' x 4', $3,600

Effulgence

The Blue Room The back room, the blue one – the cool, icey blue on the walls that made you breathe deep when you walked in. The back room, the cool room, the one with the strawberry patch outside. Surrounded by cool, peach roses. 200 of them to be exact. […]
March 25, 2014
Bonne Maman

Time and Flowers

Do the thing you can’t, that is how it gets done. A subscriber recently asked me how I find time to paint. Right now, that is incredibly hard. All the great things I have done with my life have been things I shouldn’t have done… I quit my job out […]